Britney Spears’s father agrees to step down as her conservator
Britney Spears’s father has agreed to step down as her conservator, securing a major legal victory for the pop star in her battle against the 13-year-old conservatorship.
Jaime Spears announced his decision to step down in a court document filed in a Los Angeles court Thursday, TMZ and Variety reported.
In the filing, Jamie Spears’s attorneys state there are “no actual grounds for suspending or removing” him, and that the public battle between him and his daughter has made the move necessary.
“There are, in fact, no actual grounds for suspending or removing Mr. Spears as the Conservator of the Estate under Probate Code section 2650. And it is highly debatable whether a change in conservator at this time would be in Ms. Spears’ best interests,” the filing reportedly says.
“Nevertheless, even as Mr. Spears is the unremitting target of unjustified attacks, he does not believe that a public battle with his daughter over his continuing service as her conservator would be in her best interests,” it continues.
Matthew Rosengart, Britney Spears’s attorney, told TMZ that he is “pleased but not necessarily surprised that Mr. Spears and his lawyer finally recognize that he must be removed.”
Rosengart said he looks forward to continuing his “vigorous investigation into the conduct of Mr. Spears, and others, over the past 13 years, while he reaped millions of dollars from his daughter’s estate, and I look forward to taking Mr. Spears’s sworn deposition in the near future. In the interim, rather than making false accusations and taking cheap shots at his own daughter, Mr. Spears should step aside immediately.”
The Hill has reached out to Rosengart for comment.
The “Toxic” singer’s battle to have her father removed the conservatorship — and to free herself from it entirely — has gained increased national scrutiny after she testified in June that the 13-year arrangement has been “abusive” and traumatizing.
Last week, Jaime Spears hit back at an attempt to immediately remove him from the arrangement, saying the request had “no grounds whatsoever.”
Britney Spears’s fight has caught eyes in Washington, with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle saying it calls for an examination of the U.S. conservatorship program.
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